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AGR issues ‘calls to action’ to level playing field in graduate recruitment

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) is a longstanding client of Four Colman Getty’s Campaigning team and last week saw the launch of a report containing a series of recommendations aimed at levelling the playing field in graduate recruitment.The joint report, with the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), marked the culmination of a series of projects undertaken by the two organisations with funding from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS). The projects explored issues including social mobility and restricting access to jobs, the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) and graduate transition to the jobs market.The report, Graduate Success: The HEAR and Now contained a number of ‘calls to action’ for the Government, employers, universities and careers services. For instance, careers services are encouraged to embed career planning into the curriculum and engage students from first year and employers should review their entry requirements to ensure social mobility isn’t restricted and common barriers, such as unpaid internships, are eliminated.The Campaigning team worked hard to produce the report in less than a month, from copywriting the report and liaising with the various stakeholders through to publicising the recommendations. We were pleased to secure a quote from the Universities and Science Minister David Willetts for the press release, and the report gained coverage in media outlets such as The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, People Management and Times Higher Education.We also worked with Four Communication’s Digital and Design team, who did a fantastic job designing the report and getting it printed in time for the official launch at Barclays in Canary Wharf. A range of speakers gave their own insights into the issues discussed in the report, from ex-NUS President Aaron Porter and Brightside’s Chief Executive Dr Tessa Stone to AGR’s Chief Executive Carl Gilleard and AGCAS’s President Paul Redmond through to the three interns who worked on the projects.

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